Aladdin and the Sorcerer
There aren’t too many Aladdin themed slots on the market, something which Pragmatic Play seems to have picked up on as this is their second, following on from 2017’s Aladdin’s Treasure. Not that the two are comparable, as Aladdin & the Sorcerer, released in November 2019 is streets ahead of Pragmatic’s previous Aladdin slot in every department.
For anyone unfamiliar with the Aladdin narrative (and if you are, I pity your childhood!), the part of the story which is most relevant to this slot is that young Aladdin has gained possession of a magic lamp which, when rubbed, releases a wish-granting Genie and that the evil Sorcerer wants to get his hands on it. Hence the pair are very much at odds and very keen on fighting one another!
Aladdin & the Sorcerer plays on a 5x3 reel set and comes with 20 paylines and an RTP of 96.23%. Pragmatic rate this is a volatile slot capable of delivering wins of up to 6,250x the bet size. Those big wins are likely to come from the bonus round, a multi-level respins battle feature with multiplier wilds.
You can play Aladdin & the Sorcerer from €0.20 to €100 per spin.
Design & Symbols
Comparing the visuals with this game and Pragmatic’s previous Aladdin themed slot is like looking at night and day. Pragmatic has come on leaps and bounds with regards design and animations in the past couple of years. In fact, you’d be hard pushed to find a Pragmatic Play game released in the past year or more which doesn’t have superb artwork. Aladdin & the Sorcerer is no exception. The game is set inside a cave entrance where Aladdin & the Sorcerer hover either side of the reels. The floating reels allow you to see through them to the paved pathway leading from the cave, passed the stone dragon’s guarding the entrance and out into the hazy, Arabian daylight. The hovering Aladdin to the left of the reels bobs up and down rubbing his shiny and shining golden lamp. The Sorcerer, dressed in blue, juggles a blue orb of energy from his position to the right of the reels – directly facing his young enemy.
The background scenery changes during the free spins round as the combatants are now facing off across the reels above the Arabian city at night with the large Imperial building dwarfing the surrounding buildings.
Low value symbols are green, turquoise, blue, purple, and red gems. High value symbols are the same as the low value symbols but encased in gold. The red symbol with gold surround is the highest value symbol with 5 across a payline worth 50x the bet size. The wild sits on a square turquoise gem with a gold surround and appears on reels 2, 3, and 4. There are also Aladdin and Sorcerer symbols which only appear on reels 1 and 5 respectively and are also wild.
- Aladdin & Sorcerer Wilds
- Respin Battle Feature
- Respins Wild Multiplier Feature
Aladdin & Sorcerer Wilds
When an Aladdin or Sorcerer symbol lands it will produce between 3-6 random wilds scattered across the screen. When both symbols land on the same spin reels 1 and 5 go fully wild. This also triggers the Respin Battle Feature.
Respin Battle Feature
The respin battle feature is triggered when an Aladdin and a Sorcerer symbol land on the same spin. At the conclusion of the spin, the pair fire their respective weapons at one another and reels 1 and 5 turn completely wild. Once any winnings from these wilds have been accounted for, the respin battle begins.
Each player is given a health meter positioned above the reels with 3 health bars. Each time one of the symbols lands he fires a shot at his enemy and reduces his health by one bar. Also, as during the base game, between 3-6 random wilds are scattered across the reels. Reels 1 and 5 go fully wild if both symbols land on the same respin and no health bars are lost. Aladdin defeating the Sorcerer is the only way to trigger the second level of the respin feature, the Wild Multiplier feature. A win for the Sorcerer marks the end of the bonus feature.
Respin Wild Multiplier Feature
Having safely navigated to the second level of the respin feature 3 more respins are awarded. The wilds which scattered from the final respins in level 1 remain locked in place throughout the 3 spins. The first spin is a standard spin. The wilds are given a 2x win multiplier for the second spin and a 3x win multiplier for the third spin. The bonus round ends after the 3rd respin.
Our Thoughts on Aladdin & the Sorcerer
Despite being quite light on features, I have to say that I really rather enjoyed Aladdin & the Sorcerer. The artwork and design are superb, the narrative is compelling, and the gameplay flows nicely. I also found the feature entertaining and capable of delivering solid wins. Actually, I think I must have had a fair amount of beginner’s luck as I found the hit rate for triggering the main feature to be quite a bit higher than I suspect is the norm.
The potential is also decent, with wins of over 6,000x possible. My one slight gripe is that there is no way of retriggering the bonus round. Once you’ve had your 3 level 2 spins the bonus round is over. It would be nice, however, remote the chances, if there was an opportunity to continue the round. Other than that, a good, fun slot.
If you enjoy slots with a decent one-on-one battle mechanic then why not check out NetEnt’s Christmas release Santa vs Rudolph